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Bharti Airtel to acquire Telecom Seychelles

ROOPNAGAR 16/09/2009A farmer speaks on his cell phone in the backdrop of a giant billboard of Bharti Airtel in Roopnagar district of Punjab on Tuesday, September 15 2009. Country's top mobile operator Bharti Airtel hopes to conclude a merger deal next month with South Africa's MTN to create a telecoms giant which would create the worlds third largest mobile group based on numbers of subscribers. PHOTO: AKHILESH_KUMAR   | Photo Credit: AKHILESH KUMAR

Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said the company will acquire 100 per cent stake in Telecom Seychelles for USD 62 million (about Rs. 288 crore).

The acquisition comes on the heels of Bharti acquiring Zain Telecom’s Africa assets for USD 10.7 billion, for which the deal was closed in June.

“The Board of Directors has approved the acquisition deal today morning,” Bharti Airtel CEO (International) and Joint MD Manoj Kohli said.

With taking Telecom Seychelles into its fold, Bharti Airtel will expand its African footprint to 16 countries and its overall presence to 19 nations.

“We are delighted at the addition of Seychelles to our Africa portfolio. Telecom Seychelles has world-class operations that include state-of-the art 3G services. These operations will benefit further by leveraging the efficiencies of scale of our African operations,” Mr. Kohli added.

When asked whether Bharti Airtel had presence in Seychelles, a company spokesperson clarified that the company never had any stake in Telecom Seychelles and it was only using its brand name.

Now Bharti Airtel will acquire all stake from its promoters to make it part of African operations.

Telecom Seychelles began operations in 1998 by launching mobile services and today it offers 3G mobile and integrated wireline services across the island nation under the Airtel brand and has over 57 per cent share of the mobile market.

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